Monday, August 12, 2013

A Fresh, New Look

As I mentioned in my previous post, we started our living room makeover last week, beginning with the walls and the floors. Since Bubba and I both work full time during the week, we called in some serious reinforcements to help us speed up the painting process. This guy (on the left):

Meet Pa, my retired, expert carpenter/painter/handyman extraordinaire grandfather. He is beyond precise and is always willing to lend a helping hand when we need it. 

We placed the painters tape and picked up where he left off once we got  home from work, so it made for a REALLY fast paint job. If you follow me on twitter (@PtBreezeCottage) you got to see a little sneak peek of the wall color. I haven't taken any pictures of JUST the walls or the paint job, but you will be able to see a little glimpse in the photos below.

Not only did Pa help us out with the paint job, but he also stuck around over the weekend to help Bubba lay our new flooring. Now; some people may think it seems odd to cover up original, hardwood floors with laminate Swiftlock flooring from Lowes, but we needed to. We think that the original floors that we had/have are actually the sub-flooring from the original 1929 house. Which is really cool and true to the house, but it's also really hard on our electric bill in both the summer and winter. Did I mention that we also had grass growing up through the living room floor once? Yeah...the joys of having an old house on piers instead of a foundation and sub-flooring with little to no insulation under it. It was only a matter of time before one of us fell through the weak spots in the living room.

The original floor:

Not terrible, and very "rustic", but it just wasn't working for us. So we went to Lowes, purchased some lovely Fireside Oak laminate, and got down to business.

The original flooring side-by-side with the new laminate. Affordable and efficient!

The new floor:
Don't mind the beagle-cat on the couch. She was feeling mighty displaced during all of this work!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out, just beautiful! Oh and did you notice the "Swizzle Stick" blue and "Desert Fortress" wall colors?!  Once we've got the room back in order, our new slip cover and window treatments up, I'll be glad to show some more revealing photos ;o)

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